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Life Changes and Staying On Track

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Over the last week or so, I was stressed and fearful about my impending internship. Part of my trepidation was the loss of my time to exercise and to attend the gym classes that I particularly like, which are held during the lunch hour. Also, I was afraid that I would consume more calories during the day by eating out more, indulging in office snacks and treats, and being more sedentary on top of everything.

Well, today was the second day of my internship and I think I just might be able to keep up with the healthy lifestyle I've established over the last five or six months. Yesterday I walked 40 minutes, ate only half a turkey sandwich at lunch (because that's all I wanted so I stopped eating), and did not even feel the least bit tempted by the piece of birthday cake offered to me. Today, I had the other half of my turkey sandwich and an apple for lunch, then went to the gym on the way home and ran for over 30 minutes on the treadmill before walking home.

I know I won't be able to work out as long or maybe even as often, but that doesn't mean that I can't continue to get a good amount of exercise. And if I continue to make good food choices I just might be able to continue losing weight even with the "temptations" that abound in the office and nearby restaurants and cafes.

I am very hopeful. And that says a lot!
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P.S. My intership is working out better than I could have possibly dreamed. I feel so fortunate right now and very relieved.

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LMBARR1 10/18/2010 2:00PM

    Happy Birthday, Sherryl!!! October 18, 2010 emoticon

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MINIUM 8/30/2010 12:54PM

    I'm so happy everything is turning out fine! Congratulations for your keeping up your excellent habits! You can do it!

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LEASIM1231 8/25/2010 4:32PM

    I am happy to hear all the good news! I am sure you will be able to keep your up your progress! Congrats on being in the 180's! Time for new shoes :)

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LMBARR1 8/25/2010 1:09AM

    Yeah! I am so happy for you. You are totally awesome! SOOOO proud! emoticon

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THINLIN07 8/24/2010 10:51PM

    Yes its always harder when there temptation around you. But it sounds like you have a good handle on it. You will do it you will succeed.

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Monday, August 09, 2010

I'm feeling mellow today after a really good workout, a protein shake, a shower, and a snuggle with the kitties. So nothing deep or philosophical...just pictures!

Here's my "before" picture:

Here's me about two weeks ago, ready for a business lunch that ended up being cancelled, but I thought I looked nice so I took a picture:

Here's me today just before going to the gym, having lost 36.5 pounds! Woohoo!:

Here are my calves. Hubby took this picture while saying with a smile, "Disgusting" (he's proud of me and has told me so):

That's it for now. Have a wonderful evening!


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CWYNN01 8/13/2010 9:35PM

    Damn Diva look at those calves!! You betta work it Diva! I wish my calves were gorgeous like those. You are doing a great job & should be proud of yourself.

Keep up the great work!


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BABYHODGES 8/12/2010 1:04PM

You look amazing and those legs are killer! Keep it up. emoticon

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LMBARR1 8/11/2010 12:30PM

    Thanks for posting pictures! You look awesome, but more importantly you feel awesome! I am soooo proud of you! Not just for losing weight, but for all of the great choices, discoveries you have made along the way! I am confident you will NEVER see that old weight again!

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WINDEE52 8/11/2010 7:10AM

    HOLY COW! Your calves are awesome!!!! You look phenomenal- congrats on your success!

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MINIUM 8/11/2010 2:30AM

    Great pictures and wonderful legs - I want the same!!! emoticon

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JEN-TINK11 8/10/2010 6:16PM

    Good for you!

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PC1004 8/10/2010 9:44AM

    Wow, looking good! Keep it up!

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LEASIM1231 8/10/2010 1:26AM

    Thanks 4 sharing! Lookin great!

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Dealing with Emotional Eating Types 1 and 2

Sunday, August 08, 2010

I’ve read a fair amount about emotional eating, which is generally described as eating for reasons other than physiological hunger. That’s true, but I’ve found that I experience two different kinds of emotional eating. For simplicity I’ll call them Emotional Eating (EE) Types 1 and 2. EE Type 1 would be a non-compulsive albeit mindless eating for reasons other than hunger, including boredom or just because something sounds, looks, or smells good enough to eat. In comparison, EE Type 2 is compulsive eating driven by an emotional component. In essence, EE Type 2 is using food as a drug. I am happy to say that I have learned how to deal with both eating types, although I still struggle with both on occasion.

Dealing with EE Type 1 eating can generally be solved by acknowledging that I have an appetite, but am not truly hungry, and making a choice not to eat or to postpone eating what I desire until I am genuinely hungry. Often I find that once I am truly hungry I no longer desire what I had originally wanted to eat. However, sometimes what I want to eat is exactly what I originally craved, so I then eat it with enthusiasm. The trick to overcoming EE Type 1 eating is to be aware and make healthful choices. I am getting better at this with each struggle that I successfully overcome.

Overcoming EE Type 2 is much more challenging. I wrote about the emotional source of my sometimes-compulsive eating in a blog entry titled Ninja Master Avoider (
). Without dealing with the underlying negative emotions, I avoided them by acting compulsively either by eating, playing computer games for hours, or watching mindless TV. Through sheer will, I could have not eaten if I could channel my avoidance effectively through some other channel, but food was regularly the mode of choice because it was quick, soothing, and tasty. I knew that I would forever struggle with my weight unless I could get to the source of my EE Type 2 and solve the underlying compulsion to avoid feelings through eating or by some other means. I still struggle when I am under a lot of stress, but I have trained myself to use my compulsive emotional “hunger” as a clue that I need to deal with some uncomfortable feelings. Most of the time I am able to confront the feelings and they go away. On occasion, however, I instinctively know that the feelings are too much to handle immediately, so I avoid, but I do so knowingly now. And, under these circumstances, sometimes I walk or jog instead of eat. What an improvement!

Since I starting being more conscious of my tendency to suppress negative emotions, I have been able to deal effectively on all but about two or three occasions. With each success I am getting stronger and the instances of my desire to eat compulsively (EE Type 2) have become fewer and less intense. Just the other day I also noticed that I have not played a computer game in months! I used to have much more trouble sleeping and would be up until 1 am or later playing computer games to avoid feeling the agitation that resulted when I suppressed negative emotions. No more! I attribute this improvement to the elimination (on a regular basis) of the root cause of my EE Type 2. By dealing with the cause, I no longer feel the need to eat to soothe, so I no longer need willpower…unless I’m dealing with EE Type 1.

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MINIUM 8/8/2010 12:01PM

    I totally agree with your distinction between the two types of emotional eating. Congratulations for now being able to tame both!

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ZESTYLADY 8/8/2010 8:07AM

    It's taken me a long time to realize that, without addressing the actual root cause of the behavior, there will be no sustainable success. It's great that you have gotten to this understanding and are succeeding in addressing what you need to do.

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LEASIM1231 8/8/2010 2:48AM

    Nice post :)

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 8/8/2010 12:22AM

    This is really interesting for me to read. I never thought about there being more than one type of EE but it sure makes sense. I can see that I do both, so now I'm going to have to track myself for a while and see where my split is.

Thanks for sharing this!

(Off to read your ninja blog)

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To Track or Not to Track

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Lately, I’ve been pretty consistent tracking my food, eating within my calorie range, and predominantly eating healthful foods. One thing I noticed, however, was that if I had any calories left at the end of the day, even if I already surpassed the minimum calories, I would want a little “snack” regardless of whether I was truly hungry.

I thought it would be a good idea to stop tracking and just eat healthful food when I was hungry and see if that would reduce my non-hunger eating. Can you say, “total failure”? Okay, maybe it wasn’t that bad, but I found that I ended up eating more both in portion sizes and frequency. When tracking, I pay particular attention to portion size and types of foods consumed so I can put them into the tracker. Without the intention to track, I found that I skipped this mental exercise, which made it harder for me to remember exactly what I had eaten during the day.

I do believe that eventually I can stop tracking daily, but I don’t think it will be in the near future. I need to remain vigilant until I fully confront mindless eating or eating purely for the sake of taste or at least come up with strategies to combat this type of eating when I find that I may struggle. Until then, I will continue to track, which, I think, will also give me a sense of having more control during the times when my eating seems less than under control.

Track on!

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GRANNYS5 8/5/2010 8:02PM

    I hope that one day I'll be able to NOT track everything I eat - but for now, I'm gald for the tools to do it with... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CANDOIT54 8/5/2010 1:34PM

    I agree that tracking keeps you on track better. When I don't track (which has been alot lately) I tend to overeat so keep on tracking.



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JEN-TINK11 8/4/2010 10:39PM

    I dont know how to uae the tracker.
I never thought to use it. I am not
sure if I know how.

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LEASIM1231 8/4/2010 5:06PM

    I am a really bad tracker, but when I need to get serious (like next week), I do it and it really helps get me back on track and to get sweets out of my system...I think it is very hard to keep track in your head.

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ATHENA130 8/4/2010 10:37AM

    I made the same decision to stop tracking many months ago (November last year). I had decided to follow intuitive eating and one of the ideas is that you remove the restriction of what you can't and can eat. It is a process so for awhile you overeat until you get used to the idea that you can have whatever and then don't want it anymore. It took me many months to adjust and I was overeating like crazy but eventually it stopped. I also had to come to terms with that the weight was going to come off slowly and not make it such a huge focus anymore.

I don't track foods anymore. I did a couple of times at first just to see and I found when I was truly listening to my body, I was eating enough and healthy. I know the difference between physical and emotional hunger now and I know how I feel when I eat healthy vs. unhealthy. Not that I don't still overeat from time to time but it's nothing like before and I stop it much sooner than I would have before.

I think it is an individual thing and you have to figure out what works best for you. Tracking for me just made me crazy and I got too obsessed over it.


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SMOCKON 8/4/2010 10:06AM

    I agree. Maybe we'll reach that magic point of knowing when we've had enough, but it isn't now.

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MINIUM 8/4/2010 4:36AM

    Same here - I have no ability whatsoever to eat healthily within my calorie range if I don't track. I really envy people like my husband or my mother who know perfectly naturally what to eat and when to stop. Maybe we'll manage some day...

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PC1004 8/3/2010 11:40PM

    Nice post, thanks. I'm with you, when I track I'm much more mindful of what and why I'm eating. It puts so much more focus on what I do. Keep it up! emoticon

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Slow But Steady Progress

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The 9th week of the Biggest Loser Summer Challenged ended is weigh-in. I lost 1.5 pounds, so after last week's 1-lb gain, I'm at my lowest weight yet (since starting SP) by .5 pounds. That's pretty good! I calculated my percent weight loss and learned that I also just passed the 15% lost milestone. Yay!

Exercise has been decent this week. Today I plan to do my final C25K run. I'll be happy to have that notch in my belt, but I already know that resting on laurels will be brief. I plan to start the program over again, but this time focusing on increasing my speed. Even if laurel-resting will be short, I am incredibly proud of what I have accomplished through the C25K program, including small, but meaningful victories, much improved breathing, increased stamina, jogging an entire 3.2 miles, jogging for a solid 41 minutes and, after today, completing something that I never thought I could possibly do just a few short months ago. Amazingly, as challenging as the program was at times, the biggest battles were often mental ones. Turns out my body can do a lot more than my mind thinks it can.

I wanted to upload some pictures, but the upload feature on SP doesn't seem to be working right now. Maybe later.

Have a great day!

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JEN-TINK1 7/29/2010 10:51PM

    Good luck and good 4 you emoticon Baby

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PC1004 7/29/2010 10:10PM

    Way to go!
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GRANNYS5 7/29/2010 10:00PM

    You should be soooo VERY proud of yourself. I am proud of you, you have done emoticonkeep up the emoticonwork emoticon

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LEASIM1231 7/29/2010 3:02PM

    I am so proud of you accomplishment...where do I get details on the program? Maybe I will start it? I plan to begin running again when we move (next week). Congats on the weight loss! Have you got you necklace?

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MINIUM 7/29/2010 9:57AM

    I'm so proud of you for all your successes! You're doing an amazing job!
Pictures would be very much appreciated! emoticon
Thank you for your comments on my blog - I always look forward to reading them.
Have a great day!

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IRISHMOMMAC 7/29/2010 9:26AM

  Congrats on your C25k completion! That is an awesome victory!

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